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Vietnamese premier to speak at 2017 WEF meeting

Vietnamese premier to speak at 2017 WEF meeting

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 14:30 GMT+7

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will deliver a speech at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Annual Meeting for 2017 in Switzerland, scheduled from January 17 to 21.

PM Phuc and a delegation of high-ranking Vietnamese officials arrived in the European nation on Tuesday, via the invitation of Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

This is the first time the Vietnamese leader will attend the Davos meeting as a head of government, expected to present Hanoi’s messages regarding its guidelines, orientations, policies, and determination for comprehensive reform efforts and international integration.

He will also reiterate the commitment of the Vietnamese government in fortifying the trust of international businesses, which is hoped will boost investment byglobal corporations into the Southeast Asian country.

The main focus of his speech will be on promoting the image and role of Vietnam as the host country of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit 2017, which will take place in the central city of Da Nang.

The premier will also partake in and speak at the Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders (IGWEL) to affirm Vietnam’s reform efforts.

The 2017 WEF meeting will include several activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, during which PM Phuc is schedule to report on Vietnam’s contribution to the bloc.

ASEAN is short for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a political and economic organization whose members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

He is also due to have a series of bilateral meetings with WEF President Klaus Schwab, President of Switzerland Doris Leuthard, and leaders of participating countries, international organizations, and global leadership groups.

This year’s WEF event brings together 3,000 participants, including 50 State leaders, government officials from 70 countries worldwide, and representatives from international organizations, namely the United Nations and the World Trade Organization among others.    

It consists of 446 sessions, discussing global matters, including inclusive growth, the fourth industrial revolution, international cooperation models and immigration.

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